The Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center announces new grant from the Esther A. and Joseph Klingenstein Fund


Resources to support research on state policies that improve early childhood development and wellbeing

Nashville, TN — The Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center is proud to announce a generous $300,000 multi-year grant from the Esther A. and Joseph Klingenstein Fund of the Klingenstein Philanthropies. The funds will allow the Center to expand its valuable work of translating rigorous research into effective policy actions state leaders can take to help all children thrive.

“The first three years of life have a powerful impact on the future wellbeing of every person. We’re grateful to be aligned with the Esther A. and Joseph Klingenstein Fund and truly appreciate their generosity. They are a proponent of the science of the developing child that makes clear that safe, stable, stimulating, and loving environments, with limited exposure to adversity, are optimal for healthy brain and body development in the earliest years,” said Dr. Cynthia Osborne, Executive Director of the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center and Professor of Early Childhood Education and Policy at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College.

For four decades, the Fund has supported young scientists engaged in basic or clinical neuroscience research. In recent years, the Fund has added a program that focuses on improving the mental, emotional, and behavioral health and well-being of young children, especially those from low-income families and under-resourced communities. The substantial grant will support the Policy Impact Center’s core resource: the Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap that provides unparalleled guidance to state policy leaders toward implementing the policies and programs that create the optimal environments for infants and children to be healthy from the start. The 2022 Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap will be released at the annual summit on October 13, 2022. Registration is here.

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About the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center 

The Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center, at Vanderbilt University‘s Peabody College of Education and Human Development, translates research on the best public investments into state policy actions that produce results for young children and society. Our team of researchers and nonpartisan policy experts work with policymakers, practitioners, and advocates to navigate the evidence of what works, set priorities, act with confidence, and analyze results for continuous improvement. We help connect the complex social, economic, and health needs of families that support effective child development in the earliest years—seeking effective policies for each and looking at how all can work together for the greatest impact.


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